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Poster: DJason Date: Dec 13, 2011 12:40pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Movie in question

"Keep Punching", 1939

I've looked and not found a registration in 1939, nor a renewal in 1966, '67, or '68, but it has a notice in the opening credits, so I'd feel a lot better if someone double-checked me.

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Poster: Quigs Date: Dec 13, 2011 9:05pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Movie in question

What's it about-besides boxing. What's the summary?

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Poster: larus Date: Dec 14, 2011 1:49am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Movie in question

For what it's worth, the American Film Institute catalog entry for the film mentions that they couldn't find a registration for it either: "According to the onscreen credits, this picture was copyrighted in 1939; however, no information concerning its registration for copyright has been located."

Prompt registration was required for works published before 1950 (cf http://chart.copyrightdata.com/index.php; the 1976 Copyright Act amended this requirement for later works), so there's no way it can have been renewed without a registration. And since it is a domestic production, it is immune to copyright restoration via GATT.

This post was modified by larus on 2011-12-14 09:49:20

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Poster: DJason Date: Dec 14, 2011 9:05am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Movie in question

Thanks, all!

Unfortunately, my present copy is incomplete (it stops at 1:02, and the film is close to 1:30), so I can't upload it till I find a complete copy.

The IMDb has a summary posted. The interesting thing is that the star was not only an actual boxer, but an impressive one -- Henry Armstrong was the only boxer to win championships in three different weight classes.

Also, thanks for the links. I did, indeed, make use of those files in my search, but am new to doing this research, and figured there might be some resource that old hands would know to check which I did not.

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Poster: oldbones Date: Dec 13, 2011 5:48pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Movie in question

my searches also came up empty, including one for a registration in 1940.

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Poster: larus Date: Dec 14, 2011 1:45am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Movie in question

You might already know this, but I'll bring it up anyway just in case: the US Copyright Office published cumulative original registration listings for motion pictures in four volumes: 1912-1939, 1940-1949, 1950-1959 and 1960-1969. These are easier to use than the yearly Catalog of Copyright Entries.
However, there are not such volumes for renewal registrations so the yearly CCEs must still be checked for those.

This post was modified by larus on 2011-12-14 09:45:36

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Poster: oldbones Date: Dec 14, 2011 8:24am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Movie in question

That is what I used for the original registration.
And you are right...they are handy.

Thanks